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Art of Manliness

By Brett McKay

The Laundry Agreement

Yesterday, I made a passing reference to The Laundry Agreement. A couple of eagle-eyed readers noticed a further reference in the screenshot I posted to illustrate the article. Kevin and Samantha both searched for answers at GRS, but couldn’t find them.

Review: The Procrastination Equation

Piers Steel’s new book The Procrastination Equation made its way to my door last week. I’ll admit, the title taunted me to put off reading it — it’s as if just seeing the word procrastination could create a self-fulfilling prophecy — but, I didn’t.

In Defense Of Solvency: 4 Reasons You Need To Pursue Financial Solvency

Let’s face it; many people would love to be rich. Few people wouldn’t want to jet set around the world traveling, attend the most coveted premieres, drive their dream cars, lavish gifts upon their love ones, etc. However, there is limited value in even thinking about riches until you can become and stay financially solvent. Solvency isn’t about income.

Creative Ways to Make Extra Money - Online and Off

If you are already raking in the cash then I’m happy for you! However, I have a feeling that most of us are not. Whether a victim of the economy, bad decisions, or lack of motivation to make changes, many people need more cash to pay their bills.Now, before we get into this, sit back and commit to yourself that you're going to DO SOMETHING.

The Game of Darts-Part II: Technique

In Part I we discussed a few different dart games you can play. Today we’ll cover dart throwing technique so more of your darts will find their target, allowing you to buy less rounds of beer for your buddies. Stance There are four basic elements to a successful dart stance.

Video: To Stick to Your Resolutions, Set Concrete Goals.

2011 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2011 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2011 a happier year -- and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge -- welcome! This is the first week of the Challenge.

Pimp my Poang

Materials: Poang, fabric, walnut finish Description: I had an IKEA Poang chair that I hated.  Normally the Poang doesn't bother me, but this one originally had a red glossy wood finish with a dark green seat.  yuck!  I wish I had taken photos of it before changing it because it was absolutely hideous and I can't find this combination in google images.

Dinner with My Family #1: Vegetable Barley Soup

Each week, I’ll present a low-cost meal (or a meal that demonstrates a lot of options for cutting costs) that my family eats for dinner and enjoys.

Join the 2011 Happiness Challenge! With Videos.

I’m working on my Happiness Project, and you could have one, too! Everyone’s project will look different, but it’s the rare person who can’t benefit. Join in -- no need to catch up, just jump in right now.

Children's table turned into stage

Materials: LÄTT children's table and chairs Description: This isn't mine ... but I thought it was pretty inspired. See more of the children's table stage. ~ Kat

If Your Legacy Was Based Only On Today…

Over the last few weeks, I’ve begun to build a morning meditation practice.

Grundtal pot rack

Materials: Grundtal Description: My husband and I attended a cooking class where we saw a single-bar ceiling-mount pot rack that we thought was just perfect for a small kitchen like ours. The pots and pans nest into one another saving a lot of space. But these racks are ridiculously expensive.

Ask Unclutterer: Tips for moving in together

Reader Caroline submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: Erin, you addressed this a little bit in your 2008 post about mismatched couples, but I wonder if you could do a post about preparing to combine households. My fiance and have decided on a very short engagement … But I’m also nervous that I’ll move my clutter into our shared home, which will make him feel burdened.

Back painted glass backsplash

Materials: Effektiv, Inreda Description: Our kitchen does not have a full splash and no matter how careful I am, I have spilled stuff all over the walls. I used to put a piece of cardboard paper around the stove everytime I cooked to protect the most affected area. We like the look of the trendy back painted glass backsplash but it is too expensive to have it custom made.

The Post-Christmas Challenge

This year for Christmas, most of the items my wife and I received were small and/or served some specific utility in our lives. I received some grape juice with which to make homemade wine (pinot noir), a replacement for our small saucepan, and some books (among other things). My wife received similar small items. Our kids? Not so much. Here’s the challenge with our children.